Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New instrument for revision surgery of maxillary sinusitis patients

New instrument for revision surgery of maxillary sinusitis patients

Sometimes revision surgery is required to remove the remaining chronic or recurrent maxillary sinusitis. However, the revision surgery needs a unique approach due to missing standard structural landmarks that guided the surgeon in the first surgery. If fibrosis and inflammation persist for long, revision surgery becomes more challenging. To simplify the surgery, ENTrigue Surgical, Inc. unveiled a new instrument, Ventera®-R (Revision) Sinus Dilation System, in September 2012. The US-based ENTrigue designs, manufactures and markets medical devices required for surgery of the ear, nose and throat (ENT)

Features of Ventera®-R (Revision) Sinus Dilation System

  • The instrument is developed for revision surgery of patients suffering from sphenoid, frontal and / or maxillary sinusitis.
  • The Ventera deploys a reusable tool to deliver a single-use balloon that ensures controlled dilation. The tool features SerpENT articulating instrument technology developed by the company. The instrument neither uses a cannula nor guide wire used in traditional surgeries to position the balloon. There is no need to shape up the tip manually either.
  • The system can easily move around and take up the position within the nasal channels, making easy to manage differences in the sinus anatomies.
  • Balloon dilation offers less-invasive approach to revision sinus surgery without compromising on effectiveness.
  • The new cost-effective and user-friendly system dilates the ostium during repeat surgery. Reusable delivery tool enhances its cost-effectiveness by minimizing costs of disposables. The green delivery tool features five different locking positions, thus, the balloon can be positioned in the most suitable position considering the anatomy of the sinus cavity. The sterile balloon quickly interfaces with the delivery tool.
  • Since the system resembles regular ENT surgical devices, it fits well in the standard sinus surgery toolkit.
  • It is simple because fewer parts need to be assembled and used during the surgical procedure.  Ergonomically designed instrument and the balloon ensure optimal and easy access to the maxillary, frontal and sphenoid sinuses. The instrument is aimed at adult patients.
  • The system is compatible with standard analog balloon inflation devices.
  • Diameter of the guide tip is 2mm. The 10-mm long balloon enables controlled dilation. The balloon measuring 6 mm in diameter optimizes dilation of the sinuses in revision surgery.
The new system simplifies the revision surgery. However, commercial edition of the instrument is available only in the U.S.A.

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